The Cherry Mobile Superion Android Tablet has been around for quite some time now. Priced at P19,900 at launch, it now retails for around P16,990 at malls and can even be purchased for about P15,000 online. Considering the available tablets in the Philippines today, is the Cherry Mobile Superion still reasonably priced and is it the best choice for a 7-inch Android tablet?
Cherry Mobile Superion Specs
- Android™ 2.2 (FROYO)
- Qualcomm MSM7227 600Mhz
- 3MP Camera with Auto-focus
- 7″WVGA Capacitive Touchscreen
- ROM: 512 / RAM: 512MB
- Quadband GSM / GPRS / EDGE
- Portable WiFi Hotspot
- Triband 3G HSDPA / UMTS
- 3.5mm Stereo Audio Jack
- Mini USB 2.0
- Expandable Micro SD up to 32GB
For the price of 16,990 the Cherry Mobile Superion gives you a 600Mhz processor and an internal memory of 512MB. A 600Mhz processor is too slow compared to the processors used in current Android tablets. Most tablets nowadays carry 1Ghz processors and, in the iPad 2’s case, a dual core processor. And if you want bigger memory on your Superion, you need to upgrade via an expansion card which will cost you another P2,000 to P3000 depending on the capacity you need.
Cherry Mobile Superion vs Samsung Galaxy Tab
If you are already set on getting a Cherry Mobile Superion, you might want to seriously consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab. With the recent price drop of the Galaxy Tab, the Superion no longer appears to be the best option.
A Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi only variant now retails for only 16,990, similar to the Cherry Mobile model. With the Galaxy Tab, you get a Gorilla Glass display, a 1.3 MegaPixel front camera apart from the rear camera, a 720p 30fps HD Video recorder and 16 GB of internal memory. You also get a faster processor as it runs on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor.
What the Cherry Mobile Superion has that the Galaxy Tab doesn’t have, though is 3G connectivity. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi + 3G variant is more expensive at P21,990. If you will constantly use the internet on your tablet, you will need 3G connection and your option is either the Cherry Mobile Superion or the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi + 3G. If budget is not a factor, get the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi + 3G but if the P5,000 difference in price is too much for you, get the Cherry Mobile Superion.
If 3G connection is not important though, there is no question that the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi is the best choice if you’re looking for a cheap 7-inch Android tablet.